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Keir Knowe,motte 460m west of Easter Glinns

A Scheduled Monument in Forth and Endrick, Stirling

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Latitude: 56.0973 / 56°5'50"N

Longitude: -4.1796 / 4°10'46"W

OS Eastings: 264512

OS Northings: 691535

OS Grid: NS645915

Mapcode National: GBR 12.MWHW

Mapcode Global: WH4P8.R0XJ

Entry Name: Keir Knowe,motte 460m W of Easter Glinns

Scheduled Date: 16 November 1966

Last Amended: 17 February 1993

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Source ID: SM2561

Schedule Class: Cultural

Category: Secular: motte

Location: Balfron

County: Stirling

Electoral Ward: Forth and Endrick

Traditional County: Stirlingshire


The monument consists of an earthwork which probably represents the remains of a medieval motte. The knoll, which is oval in plan, is about 4.3m in height and measures about 90m E-W by 60m N-S. The sides are steep, except to the E, where there is a gentle slope down from the crest to a small burn. At intervals around the crest of the summit area are traces of turf banks, up to 3m in width and 0.7m high. There are traces of 3 terraces of varying size on the E side of the knoll and these may represent the remains of additional ramparts. The area to be scheduled measures 10m WSW-ENE by 65m SSE-NNW, to include the knoll and an area around in which traces of activities associated with the construction and occupation of the earthwork may survive, as shown in red on the attached map.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

Statement of Scheduling

The monument is of national importance for its potential to contribute to an understanding of medieval defensive architecture and domestic life.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland



RCAHMS record the site as NS69SW 11.

Source: Historic Environment Scotland

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